Dispose of Medications

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Increasing amounts of drugs are showing up in surrounding watersheds. When unused medications are disposed of down the drain, local waterways become contaminated as local wastewater treatment facilities are unable to filter medications. The long-term exposure for our local ecology is unknown yet likely harmful. For this reason, it is important to dispose of unneeded medications through a take-back program. Visit the Washtenaw County Medication Disposal page for additional information. 

Big Red Barrell
The "Big Red Barrel" program is a partnership with local law enforcement agencies where people can dispose of prescription or over-the-counter pills, including controlled substances like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet - for free!

If you are unable to utilize a take-back location, please review these guidelines from Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).

Poison Control - 800-222-1222